Rotated Rectangles for Symbolized Building Footprint Extraction

    Abstract

    Building footprints (BFP) provide useful visual context for users of digital maps when navigating in space. This paper proposes a method for extracting and symbolizing building footprints from satellite imagery using a convolutional neural network (CNN). The CNN architecture outputs rotated rectangles, providing a symbolized approximation that works well for small buildings. Experiments are conducted on the four cities in the DeepGlobe Challenge dataset (Las Vegas, Paris, Shanghai, Khartoum). Our method performs best on suburbs consisting of individual houses. These experiments show that either large buildings or buildings without clear delineation produce weaker results in terms of precision and recall.

    Authors

    Matt Dickenson, Lionel Gueguen

    Conference

    CVPR 2018

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